The UPF Master’s in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics unites state-of-the-art theory and practical applications of linguistics. Students acquire a solid training in the fundamental areas of linguistic theory, with the option of specializing in one of five subfields.

The Master's provides postgraduate training suitable for subsequently entering a doctoral program in any of these subfields or for starting a career in any profession in which language and linguistics play a fundamental role. The ideal candidate is someone interested in language and linguistic communication in general, open to interdisciplinary knowledge and with advanced skills in more than one language (including at least English).


  • Formal and descriptive linguistics
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Lexicon (lexicology, lexicography and terminology)


The MA program has a research orientation. Students are introduced to research through a 15-credit Master’s Thesis which should provide an in-depth treatment of a topic in theoretical or applied linguistics, using relevant methods. This training is designed to prepare students for application to doctoral programs.


There are three types of courses:

  • Methodological: These provide tools to carry out future research or professional activities.
  • Advanced training: These provide the theoretical and descriptive bases of the different areas comprising the advanced study of language.
  • Specialization: These pursue one of the subfields of theoretical or applied linguistics in greater depth.

Scholarships and grants

You will find the information about grants on this page.